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Formatting and Reinstalling


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#1 SIH

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 08:43 PM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...ml#entry1232298


There is my first topic, where I recieved help but now I need to get more help with formatting and reinstalling windows.
I have a Compaq Presario C300(RL177UA#ABA).
I need to format and reinstall to get rid of the virus I have.
But I can only backup certain files and I'm not sure how to do it or what is recommended to back up.
If you could give the first link a read through, it would probably help.
Also, I plan on using an external drive to back everything up.
All help is appreciated.

Here is something about the virus, incase you don't know what it is or does.
Your System is infected with Virut!!
Virut is a file infecting virus which is able to modify itself each and every time it runs. In addition, when it infects, sometimes it will destroy the file it tries to latch onto.
For these reasons, you really can't truly fix Virut. You will need to format/reinstall the operating system on this machine.

More information:
http://free.avg.com/66558
QUOTE(AVG Technologies)
There are bugs in the viral code. When the virus produces infected files, it also creates non-functional files that also contain the virus.


http://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusProf...aspx?key=143034
QUOTE(Network Associates)
W32/Virut.h is a polymorphic, entry point obscuring (EPO) file infector with IRC bot functionality. It can accept commands to download other malware on the compromised machine.
It appends to the end of the last section of executable (PE) files an encrypted copy of its code. The decryptor is polymorphic and can be located either:
Immediately before the encrypted code at the end of the last section
At the end of the code section of the infected host in 'slack-space' (assuming there is any)
At the original entry point of the host (overwriting the original host code)


Miekiemoes, one of our team members here and an MS-MVP, additionally has a blog post about Virut.
http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2009/02/vir...s-throwing.html



Also I was suggested this.

I suggest you to start backup all of your valuable data/documents/pictures/movies/songs/etc..
Do NOT backup any applications/installers and Do NOT backup any .exe/.scr/.htm/.html/.xml/.zip/.rar files...
This because these files may be infected as well. If you back them up and replace them afterwards, it will infect your computer again.

Edited by SIH, 20 April 2009 - 09:46 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:25 AM

IMO after reading your entire post, I would not backup anything as there is a very good chance you will just take the virus or it's remnants with you and reinstall it on your fresh load. I have seen this happen a few times, I had a friend back some files and then scan them on another machine. He did get away with it but I thought it was very risky, maybe I am wrong on that one!

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#3 SIH

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:43 PM

Well I am certainly not looking forward to losing all of my acquired music which is stored.
Does anyone else have any opinion on this?
Or atleast how to do it or what to do?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:10 PM

:flowers:

If your Music is so Important, just burn it onto Disks and do not return it into the Computer is the logical thing to do. If they run they run, but they can't reinfect your Machine if on a Disk you keep away from it, that means never let them near it again, heaps of other things to play them on.

OldPhil is telling you true about that Virus, sometimes you get Lucky, most times you don't.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:17 PM

I was informed that music files wouldn't be infected, was that false?
Because burning all of my music onto cds would take a like a hundred something cd's, possibly more.
But I dont even know how to format or reinstall everything to begin with.
Can anyone explain that?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:27 PM

You could Use DVD's to back up the music but you would be limited on what you can play them on. To begin with on the reformatting do you have your system restore cd's or a copy of windows XP?

Edit: Just read your other post.. There are 12 CD's for the restore?? WOW. Usually there's only 1 Operating system Disc then all the other freebies software your computer came with.

Edited by Sneakycyber, 21 April 2009 - 03:30 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:29 PM

I believe almost any type file can be infected, Google this "infected music files" you will be surprised at the results.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:00 PM

Mine has 12 disks, though im not positive at all what is on them.
My computer is from a few years back, so maybe that makes a difference.
They say recovery disks on them.
But I have this paper that says I can restore or repair without the disks from hard drive?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:13 PM

Best to use the Cd's since your restore partition may be infected as well. You should use a program called KillDisk to format the drive.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:25 PM

So how do I go about recovering and then formatting?
And basically backup no files?

Edited by SIH, 21 April 2009 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:38 PM

If you want to save your media you need to copy them to a CD/R and keep them away from your computer. Then download Killdisk and burn it to a cd or create a Bootable floppy using The killdisk create a bootable floppy software. Boot from the cd or floppy and wipe the disc (using low level format [writes zeros to the drive]). Then boot from your 1st restore disc and start re-installing.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:48 PM

Then after I fully restore everything, then I download things I lost or what?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:30 PM

This is Virut that we are talking about
Do not save anything
Also do a low level format as sneakycyber suggests before reinstalling the OS
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:36 PM

Well I am currently using KILLdisk to wipe everything from my drives.
After it wipes everything, how do i format?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:46 PM

After using killdisk this will leave your HDD raw or in its factory state (killdisk does a "low level format"). When you boot from the restore Cd's it will ask you if you want to format the HDD to prepare it to re-install the OS click yes. This will re-format the HDD and allow the computer to write new data to it.

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